40,000 HOURS LEAD TO THIS
13 years of uninterrupted hard-work is a long time to be focused solely on a single task, but that is what I have been doing. 40,000 hours. 40,000 hours of trial and error, evolution, back-tracking, and discovery. All of that lead to this workshop; a class that focuses on the most up-to-date techniques that I am employing, which includes post-tensioned concrete.
You may be asking yourself, what is post-tensioned concrete? Post-tensioning is a method of reinforcing concrete where we strategically cast high-strength steel cables in the concrete, allowing them to move within a protective sleeve, and once cured we tighten (aka "tension") the cables placing the concrete in permanent compression. Why is this important and/or useful to the concrete artisan? It allows tremendous creative and design freedom in relation to unsupported spans. The 'Leviathan Table' (pictured below), a 14' outdoor dining table, was only plausible and made possible due to post-tensioning.
The truth of the matter is that nearly every other training program is teaching information and techniques that we were instructing a decade ago. There's nothing wrong with this information, it's just not the way we do things any longer. We have tried most every method, mix, and sealer and have ruled out the vast majority of them for a multitude of reasons, the most basic being that they are bad for business. Perhaps they are unpredictable, unreliable, not repeatable, or not backed by the manufacturer when they fail. You can spend 13 years of your life working in your studio 60 hours a week to arrive at our conclusions for best practices, or you can attend this class and save yourself a ton of money, heartache, and possibly your marriage.
Simply put, this workshop's priority is to teach you:
- How we currently design and construct our forms
- The mix designs and sealers we presently employ
- Our most up-to-date casting techniques
- The principles of post-tensioned concrete and how it is applicable to our scale of work
As a class, we will work together to form, cast, and de-mold a post-tensioned item. Substantial time will be devoted to Q&A (so bring your questions!), case-studies of past projects with behind-the-scenes photos, discussions of what works, and more importantly, what is a waste of time and money.
This is not a 'basics class', but that isn't to say you have to be experienced to attend. If you are new to concrete but are serious about advancing your career within this craft, this workshop is for you. If you are a veteran and/or have attended previous Concrete Design School workshops, but want to learn how we approach and cast projects today, this workshop is for you. This class is for the individual that wants to learn from the 2,400,000+ minutes of trials and tribulations it took for us to get "here", this moment in time, not a day, month, year, or decade ago. This isn't a sales pitch, nor is it training from trainers that haven't been in the game for many years. It is a serious discussion and instruction on what works today, and why.
Session Time and Capacity
- 2.5 days of training in Jon Schuler's California studio, located in Angels Camp, CA
- These sessions are limited to 15 participants to ensure hands-on learning and class participation
- May 1st, 2017 - May 3rd, 2017
- First-time Students: $1875
- Alumni: $1500
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The Fine Print
If you need to cancel, the course fee will not be refunded but the amount can be used towards a future Concrete Design School workshop.
All participants will be required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement with penalties for unauthorized disclosure of material. The methods and formulas taught during the class may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in any form.
Concrete Design School reserves the right to change, modify or cancel the class schedule at any time.